Friday, June 20, 2008

Answers to the Lyrics Quiz

Thanks to the 15 brave souls who participated in The Pop Eye's lyrics quiz v 2.0! You've all done Mama proud but, as with everything in life, there has to be a winner.

To those who know her, it should come as no surprise that magnificent music maven, Beth, took the top prize. She managed to score a 65 out of a possible 72...and there weren't even any R.E.M. lyrics involved! Beth, the BeckEye bobble head doll is in the mail.

Congratulations also to Angell and Dguzman, who came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Maybe you'll both get a picture of Beth holding the bobble head doll one of these days. Who knows?

And now to the answers!

Level 1
1. I met a gin soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis/She tried to take me upstairs for a ride - "Honky Tonk Women," Rolling Stones
2. I'm a-walkin' in the rain/Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain/Wishing you were here by me to end this misery - "Runaway," Del Shannon
3. If I should call you up, invest a dime/And you say you belong to me and ease my mind/Imagine how the world could be, so very fine - "Happy Together," The Turtles

Level 2
1. I don't know why she's ridin' so high/She ought to think twice, she ought to do right by me/Before she gets to sayin' goodbye/She ought to think twice, she out to do right by me - "Ticket to Ride," The Beatles
2. Left alone with just a memory/Life seems dead and so unreal/All that's left is loneliness/There's nothing left to feel - "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," Dusty Springfield
3. I started my life in an old, cold run down tenement slum/My father left, he never even married mom - "Love Child," Diana Ross & The Supremes

Level 3
1. Take these eager lips and hold me fast/I'm afraid this kind of joy can't last/How can we keep love alive/How can anything survive - "Town Without Pity," Gene Pitney
2. You wander around on your own little cloud/When you don't see the why or the wherefore/You walk out on me when we both disagree/'Cause to reason is not what you care for - "Don't Sleep in the Subway," Petula Clark
3. And even if time ain't really on my side/It's one of those days for taking a walk outside/I'm blowing the day to take a walk in the sun/And fall on my face on somebody's new-mown lawn - "Daydream," The Lovin' Spoonful (I would've also accepted Jason Castro just 'cause he's so dreamy.)

Level 1
1. Sittin' here, eatin' my heart out waitin'/Waitin' for some lover to call/Dialed about a thousand numbers lately/Almost rang the phone off the wall - "Hot Stuff," Donna Summer
2. Nibblin' on sponge cake/Watchin' the sun bake/All of those tourists covered with oil - "Margaritaville," Jimmy Buffett
3. Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas/You know he knows just exactly what the facts is/He's not gonna let those two escape justice/He makes his living off of the people's taxes - "Take the Money and Run," The Steve Miller Band

Level 2
1. I was a willow last night in a dream/I bent down over a clear running stream/I sang you the song that I heard up above/And you kept me alive with your sweet flowing love - "Crazy on You," Heart
2. The sun ain't nearly on the rise, and we still got the moon and stars above/Underneath the velvet skies/Love is all that matters, won't you stay with me? - "Lay Down Sally," Eric Clapton
3. Hey, what gives you the right/To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep Mother Nature in/If God was here, He'd tell you to your face/Man you're some kinda sinner - "Signs," Five Man Electrical Band

Level 3
1. If you choose to you can live your life alone/Some people choose the city/Some others choose the good old family home/I like living easy without family ties/'Til the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me right between the eyes - "Philadelphia Freedom," Elton John
2. Some things are better left unsaid/I'm gonna spend my days in bed/I'll walk the streets at night/To be hidden by the city lights - "Love is Like Oxygen," Sweet (or The Sweet)
3. There was a time when I was in a hurry as you are/I was like you/There was a day when I just had to tell my point of view/I was like you - "Have You Never Been Mellow," Olivia Newton-John

Level 1
1. Strange voices are saying (oh, what did they say?)/Things I can't understand/It's too close for comfort/This heat has got right out of hand - "Cruel Summer," Bananarama
2. At the drive-in, in the old man's Ford/Behind the bushes, until I'm screaming for more - "Talk Dirty to Me," Poison
3. They say that the road ain't no place to start a family/Right down the line it's been you and me - "Faithfully," Journey

Level 2
1. Now he's in control, he is my lover/Nations stand against him, he's your brother/Been a long time, been a long time now/I'll get to you somehow - "Situation," Yaz
2. You run, run, run away/It's your heart that you betray/Feeding on your hungry eyes/I bet you're not so civilized - "The Warrior," Scandal
3. I sell the things you need to be/I'm the smiling face on your TV/I'm the ____ __ _____/I exploit you, still you love me/I tell you one and one makes three - "Cult of Personality," Living Colour

Level 3
1. Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into your well/If you can you'll see the world in all his fire/Take a chance like all dreamers can't find another way/You don't have to dream it all just live a day - "Save A Prayer," Duran Duran
2. Kissing like a bandit stealing time/Underneath a sycamore tree/Cupid by the hour sends valentines/To my sweet lover and me - "Wishing Well," Terence Trent D'Arby
3. You wish you had a motor boat/To pose around the harbor bar/And when the sun goes off to bed/You hook it up behind the car - "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)," Squeeze

Level 1
1. Freezin', rests his head on a pillow made of concrete again/Oh, feelin' maybe he'll see a little better set a days - "Even Flow," Pearl Jam
2. Oh, once upon a midnight dearie/I woke with something in my head/I couldn't escape the memory of a phone call and of what you said - "Run-Around," Blues Traveler
3. I can feel something inside me say/I really don't think you're strong enough - "Believe," Cher

Level 2
1. But lovers always come and lovers always go/And no one's really sure who's letting go today/Walking away/If we could take the time to lay it on the line/I could rest my head just knowin' that you were mine - "November Rain," Guns N' Roses
2. You seem very well, things look peaceful/I'm not quite as well, I thought you should know/Did you forget about me, Mr. Duplicity? - "You Oughta Know," Alanis Morrisette
3. 'Cause you're a human ____/A solar superman/You're an angel with wings afire/A flying giant friction blast - "Supernova," Liz Phair

Level 3
1. Can you look out the window without your shadow getting in the way/You're so beautiful with an edge and a charm/But so careful when I'm in your arms - "Building A Mystery," Sarah McLachlan
2. I get stoopid, I shoot an arrow like Cupid/I use a word that don't mean nothin' like looptid/I sang on Doowhutchalike and if ya missed it/I'm the one who said just grab 'em in the biscuits - "The Humpty Dance," Digital Underground
3. Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue/Thought I heard you talking softly/I turned on the lights, the tv and the radio/Still I can't escape the ghost of you - "Ordinary World," Duran Duran (Ha! I snuck in two Duran songs!)

I found it kind of interesting that the most commonly guessed incorrect answer was the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" instead of "Honky Tonk Women." That's kind of odd. I never really thought those two songs sounded very much alike! Do they?

Gene Pitney and Petula Clark seemed to be the biggest stumpers, while just about everyone knew Donna Summer and Journey. A lot of you obviously knew the Yaz song, but either didn't know the name of the band or thought the song was called "Move Out." It really should be called "Move Out." It makes more sense.

Finally, I'm distressed that so many people didn't know the first line of Pearl Jam's "Even Flow," a song title which, contrary to popular belief, is two words, not one. It's not about baby bottles, people! I have also vowed to give Malcolm a good, swift kick in the rear if I ever meet him for thinking that Eddie Vedder's lyrics came from Phil effing Collins. *shudder*


Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Congrats to the winners!! I did fine on the early stuff but then took dive....

And for some reason that Stones song does get messed up a lot.

LOL! I hope you and Malcolm don't have a run in, I'd be scared if I were him!

Malcolm said...

Hey BeckEye, give me credit for finally identifying Evenflow, lol. I look forward to your next lyrics quiz. One quick question, are you sure that Phil Collins didn't write Evenflow?

Barbara: Don't worry about me having a run-in with BeckEye. In case she decides to take a crack at me for my many offenses (calling out Travolta for being follically challenged, citing Air Supply as a guilty pleasure, etc.), I have one of my young nieces on standby to take care of my light work. :-)

fran said...

Congratulations to the winners! I think noboby got "Even Flow" because Eddie Vedder always sounds like he sings with a mouthful of marbles.

On a personal note, I'm ashamed that most of the ones I got right were from before I reached the age of liking music. Who the hell is Yaz?

Thanks for a fun quiz, Beckeye :)

Kristi Mantoni said...

Damn! I did know a lot of those! I hope I can play next time. Maybe I won't have a brain fart.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Even Flow was one of the few I actually got! But, I'm not surprised Beth won. She's a walking, talking musical encyclopedia. Congrats Beth! Damn, I really kicked myself on a few of those. Should've thought a bit harder.

GingerSnaps said...

I did good on the 70s questions, but sucked on the I didn't "officially" participate.

Congrats to the winners!

gifted typist said...

A beckeye bobble head, hmmmmm, what about a bobble BeckEye head.

Editor said...

Excellent quiz Beck...hope to do better the next time...

BeckEye said...

Malcolm - *ahem* It's possible that Phil Collins wrote "Evenflow," but Eddie Vedder wrote "Even Flow."

Malcolm said...

BeckEye: Pardon my error (me typing Evenflow instead of Even Flow). At the time I was typing my comments, I was listening to the greatness that is "No Jacket Required". As a result, my concentration was thrown off a bit.

Since you say it's possible that Phil Collins wrote "Evenflow", maybe he also penned "Rearviewmirror".

Happy Villain said...

Yikes, I only knew 5 of those, but Even Flow was one of them, so that means something, right???

This is why I'm a librarian. I don't have to remember anything, just know how to find stuff out.

Congrats to the winners.

Tootsie said...

Well I would have had them all, if only you would have put the correct words down for the '80s, Level 2 should be "as special takes another bite" LOL I checked it out with Donna, I'm right!!!!! I know....I'm losin' a troll.

J.C. said...

Dang...I knew I should have played this!

dguzman said...

I knew Beth would win, but I am proud to have taken the bronze!

Oh dangit, Even Flow -- grr.

After I sent my entry in, I googled 'em all. I didn't get Love is like Oxygen, but even so--I always thought that ELO sang that song. ?

And wow, Malcolm, as if saying Phil Collins wrote Even Flow wasn't enough, you cite Air Supply as a "guilty pleasure"?

Kick his ass, Beckeye.

Malcolm said...

Dguzman: Not only is Air Supply a guilty pleasure, they are the Patron Saints of Guilty Pleasures... Ha! Oh yeah, please don't egg on BeckEye to kick my ass... she doesn't want any of this. Earlier I said that I was going to let one of my young nieces take care of my light work. I changed my mind. After I'm through with BeckEye, that's when I'll turn my niece loose.

BeckEye said...

Dguzman and Malcolm - Have you both gone mental? Have you forgotten that I LOVE Air Supply? The only reason I'd kick Malcolm's ass over that one is for feeling at all guilty about it. The Supply is made to be loved fully and completely. You need to get lost in that love, kids.

Malcolm said...

BeckEye: If you haven't already, check out the playlist of my most recent radio show. I just wanted to give you another reason to TRY and kick my ass.

Beth said...


I'm sure my mother's so proud of my wasted brain power at this moment. What I'm most proud of is not having a clue about a Poison lyric.

Bring on the bobblehead!

LoraLoo said...

I didn't try very hard to guess on the Lyrics Quiz, but I soooo knew there'd be a Squeeze and a PJ song!


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